Two Encouraging Signs For Pass Rush

October 14th, 2019

Hey, Joe’s not all gloom and doom today.

The Bucs notched two second-quarter sacks yesterday when the game was still in play and there was something very special about those forgotten plays.

First and foremost, both sacks of Panthers QB Kyle Allen were from a four-man rush. No blitz at all. Second, neither was from the NFL sacks leader, Shaq Barrett. That’s progress.

The first sack was with the Panthers in a max-protect kind of setup. Four vs. six and the Bucs won. Chris McCaffrey ended up blocking nobody as Vita Vea blew up the pocket and Carl Nassib, who was beating his man, cleaned up off the left edge. Rookie DE/LB Anthony Nelson was substituting for Barrett on the right side.

On the second sack, McCaffrey was in to chip/double team Barrett and Vea blew up the pocket while Ndamukong Suh took longer to beat his man. Both shared the sack on the stat sheet.

Joe would have loved to see more of a pass rush in the second half, but the Panthers didn’t need to pass much, and played it conservative.

Still, the Bucs generating a four-man pass rush is good news. As Joe has written repeatedly, their blitzers don’t get home, so a more traditional rush is imperative. Rookie savior LB Devin White is supposed to be a hell of a fast blitzer, so Joe hopes to see that part of his game soon.

41 Responses to “Two Encouraging Signs For Pass Rush”

  1. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    VV is fun to watch !…powerful with GREAT effort !

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Even a mediocre JPP would attract some attention…….Looks like Nelson may develop into a good player…..and Vea is as advertised……a force for years to come…..a good pick (looks like)……

  3. doctor_berto Says:

    Vea is a beast and hope he starts generating more pressure consistently. Devin White looked lost most of the game and hope he gets it together soon. Was hoping for a Kuechly type rookie impact but doesn’t look like that is going to be the case. Another questionable first round pick by Licht, especially with all the stud pass rushers that were available.

  4. Dom>Licht Says:

    Whites “ soon to be “ and potential talk is getting old. Any one watch the Steelers game last night. Their 1st rd LB looks much better than White at this point.

  5. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Get off DW’s… even if he was healthy and played every snap since game 1 he was gonna have his head spinning in the NFL and get suckered into playing what he thought he saw. Kid is playing with a brace and has not seen that many snaps…

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It will all come together…eventually. I’m not sure Suh will be here for it by the time it does though.

  7. PhillyBuc Says:

    Have been impressed with Vea and Nassib gives all he’s got.

  8. Dom>Licht Says:

    Ahhhhh the good ole days! Sunday took me back to my youth when good ole Hugh was the owner, Leeman Bennett was the coach and GM Phil Krueger was running the show! Bonzai you say it will eventually all come together … It took 20 years from senior year of high school to even sniff the playoffs! Bad drafting has killed this franchise for 35 years of its existence!

  9. Nptbuc Says:

    Vea and Nassib both got into the backfield quite a few times. Both were 1/2 step away from notching multiple sacks. It will come. Both are young and evolving. VV is just a beast who has a non stop motor. Neither of these guys slacked off all game. Whoever they went against had their hands full until the whistle. I like them a lot! Football players.

  10. Figures Says:

    Yea so far we have the wrong Devin.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    White got lost leading the team with tackles….can’t wait to see what happens when he finds his way!!!

  12. CPN Says:

    Should have drafted Allen

  13. diggler Says:

    It’s nice but he’ll be retired by the time he could be of any help for a winning team.

  14. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    Josh Allen has 4 sacks already. Just sayin

  15. Buddy Says:

    How did Gerald do yesterday? Asking for a friend.

  16. Gerald McBezos Says:

    Devin Bush has 2 picks and four fumble recoveries…

    Meanwhile, we passed on a top 3 RB to draft the 2nd best TE on our team.

  17. ElBajito43 Says:

    Bucs suck a$$ of a Fat man GM because they cannot rush pressure or even get within 5 yards of any QB. This is all because we drafted 11 cornerbacks and act like a mEt h Head at a pawn shop when it comes to the Draft
    Why??? Did anyone think B.A. alone could come in and SAVE US.
    Cmon MANE!!!!

    JASON 🗑 TRASH LICHT ….. I hate you

  18. ElBajito43 Says:

    @Steve in Mad

    Thank you. DE, DL, and maybe Bucs win 2 more games in spite of “JayMiss WIN-Stupid”

  19. ship thief Says:

    hey Steve,
    Shaq has 9.
    just sayin

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Licht deserves blame for many draft misses…..but to essentially label White a bust or not worth the pick after a couple of games is unreasonable…

    Many called Rojo, Cappa and even Vea busts…’s simply too early to make that call.

    As for Allen….he’s got 4 sacks….great….but we have a somewhat cheap FA who has 9…..

    White was our pick….he is our player….let’s root for him.

  21. reply Says:

    When White’s horse died, we should have seen this coming……BUST!

    BTW Josh Allen has 4 sacks already. a FF and 19 total tackles.

  22. reply Says:

    I am now blaming JBF for the past decade of losing. I mean what else is left?! 2008, this site was started and thus the losing.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    As far as goals go, this team has one……….puttin a f**king ring on there finger!

  24. SB Says:

    VV is certainly a First Rounder that Licht got right.

  25. pick6 Says:

    not fair to compare Devin White to Devin Bush. It’s kinda like comparing rookie Mike Evans to rookie OBJ. Evans took longer because he was a much more raw talent with less experience with the position, but over the last 4 seasons you’d take Evans over OBJ. he’s been healthier, has had better TD and yardage counts, and has been a better teammate. not saying anything negative about Bush other than he might be closer to his ceiling.

    Bush is also plugging into a defense with tons of continuity that has historically featured his position thanks to his predecessor

  26. pick6 Says:

    VV is what i expected. a guy who demands attention and should make others more disruptive, and makes his share of plays too. i love watching giant\fast\agile dudes like that operate even though they don’t suck up stats

  27. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    I don’t understand what’s going on with the Bucs. For the pass 30 years they get a great defense and the offense not worth a sh.. we get a good offense and the defense ain’t worth a sh.. I am wondering if it’s that old time curse the media talked about when the Bucs refuse to resign Doug Williams 😂😂😂

  28. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Suh and Barrett are one year rentals; Nassib is in the final year of his contract and probably won’t be back. JPP, if he returns, is an FA next season.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

  29. Pelbuc61 Says:

    Didn’t watch the game but if this front office had any stones, they would trade Mike Evans, OJ, JW and VH3 for draft picks for the next GM. It’s fun to dream. Maybe one day Licht will realize the need to draft Oline and Dline. It’s impressive what well coached teams are doing with 2nd string QBs.

  30. Defense Rules Says:

    Steve in Mad Beach … “Josh Allen has 4 sacks already. Just sayin.”

    Hmmm, let’s see. 4 sacks in 6 games. Decent for a rookie. Of course, he is playing on a very stout DLine, and yet the Jaquars are 2-4. Just sayin.

  31. Lamarcus Says:

    I like what I saw put of DW as the game went along. That tfl was a thing of beauty. He will get there probably don’t matter because the secondary plays poorly

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:



  33. DB55 Says:

    Guys bottom line is until the Bucs sign a competent RT and RG who will actually play good football while they’re here the Bucs will continue to struggle with turnovers and interceptions.

  34. A Train Says:

    I was super critical of VV early last season but then he began to disrupt and play like one would expect of a high first rounder. I was wrong, he must have been hurt or something. He battles in the trenches. Having a healthy JBB with Barrett, Suh, and VV would be a pretty formidable front 4.

  35. 123urout Says:

    BUCS defense sucks pretty bad. I remember the Warren Sap days when he said to the offense “Just put 7 point on the board and we’ll take care of the rest”. This current Bucs defense 40 pts is still not sure for a win…. pathetic!

  36. 123urout Says:

    BUCS defense is very bad. I remember the Warren Sap days when he said to the offense “Just put 7 points on the board and we’ll take care of the rest”. This current Bucs defense 40 pts is still not sure for a win…. pathetic!

  37. Bucsfanman Says:

    “The wrong Devin”?! What a stupid statement at this point. Devin White comes to a historically bad defense. Devin Bush goes to the STEELERS!
    Objectively, which team do you think a LB will have the most success regardless of draft position?
    Give the kid some time. We haven’t seen him play healthy in a complete game yet.
    Vita Vea is the man!

  38. Mort Says:

    Yall get off Devin White. Give him a minute to develop please. Remember thst time yall wanted Derwin James instead of Vita Vea because you have the patience of a house fly? Yeah, Two and a half or so games into his rookie year for him maybe isn’t the best time to project the entirety of his career.

  39. Tbbucs3 Says:

    ^ I would still rather have Derwin James than Vita Vea.

  40. 74 Bucs fan Says:

    “Just put 7 point on the board and we’ll take care of the rest”.

    The quote was 17 points.

  41. Nick2 Says:

    With JPP our line will be a force that others cant stop. We will have a dangerous line soon!!!